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UAE tells citizens not to wear national dress abroad






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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has advised its citizens not to wear traditional clothes when they travel overseas. This was after a UAE businessman was mistaken for a member of ISIS in Ohio, USA. Ahmad Al Menhali, from Abu Dhabi, was making a phone call in a hotel. The receptionist called the police because he was wearing a white Arab robe and headdress, and he was speaking Arabic. She thought he was a terrorist. Police armed with assault rifles wrestled Mr Al Menhali to the floor. He needed hospital treatment after the incident. He was shocked at how "brutal" the police were.

The police and the hotel apologised for the incident. The UAE said its citizens had to think about their safety when they travel outside of the UAE. Mr Al Menhali reportedly blamed Donald Trump, for making people hate Muslims. An American Islamic relations group said it was worried that the police talked about Mr Menhali's clothing being a criminal sign in their report. It added: "Police need more diversity training. This is shocking". Mr Al Menhali said: "I always wear my traditional clothes during all my travels and never encountered such a thing".

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